Despite 17 points and 12 rebounds from freshman Olivia Bolden (South Windsor, Conn.), the Albertus Magnus women's basketball team dropped a close decision to Mount Saint Vincent 75-70 on Monday night in Riverdale, N.Y. in the Falcons' final contest of 2014.
The Dolphins improve to 6-2 on the year with the win, while the Falcons' record evens to 5-5.
Tyler Evans (Stamford, Conn.) led all Falcons with 21 points before fouling out of the contest. She added three steals and six rebounds. Olivia Sutherland (Wallingford, Conn.) tallied 11 points on 4-of-8 shooting for Albertus as well.
Junior Chelsea Sherrod (Bridgeport, Conn.) tallied six points and 11 rebounds, while her 11 boards marked her fifth game of the season with a double-figure rebound tally. Kelsey Pendagast (Shelton, Conn.) grabbed 13 rebounds for the Falcons in the loss.
The Dolphins jumped out of the gate with a 5-0 spurt in the opening 38 seconds of tonight's contest. Albertus' first bucket of the night came 2:12 into the game as Sherrod finished on a jumper. Sherrod's basket sparked the Falcons' offense as they battled back to tie the game at nine with 14:44 left in the first half.
After back-and-forth play, the Falcons tied the score once again, this time at 22 with 6:55 on the clock, forcing a Mount Saint Vincent to call a time out.
Out of the timeout, the Falcons went on a 7-2 run thanks to four points by Bolden.
The Dolphins batted back to take a 31-30 lead into the halftime break thanks to a made field goal by Kelly Fraser after an Albertus turnover in the final 10 seconds of the frame.
Albertus shot 41.9% (13-of-31) from the floor in the opening half as both teams tallied 13 made field goals. Only 11 free-throw attempts were taken as Albertus shot 1-3 from the line. The Dolphins also scored 15 of their 31 points off of Albertus turnovers.
Evans led all players with 12 points at the half, while Pendagast pulled down 10 first-half rebounds.
In the second half, both teams combined for 54 free-throw attempts as the Dolphins connected on 20 of their 33 tries.
The Dolphins pushed out to a 14-point lead with eight minutes to go, which stood as their largest lead of the night. Albertus chipped away at the lead but the Dolphins came away with the win.
Kelly Fraser finished with 26 points for the Dolphins in the win. She added nine boards.
The Falcons will be off until the New Year and will return to action on Jan. 6 in Nashua, N.H. to kick off Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) play. That contest at Rivier is scheduled for a 5:30 p.m. tip.